Archive for July, 2011

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

GPU computing training course

We’re offering another training course on GPU programming this fall: Tech-X Corporation is pleased to announce our next three-day training course for GPU computing with CUDA will be held from September 19 – 21 at our offices in Boulder, Colorado, USA. If you are interested, please complete the form so we can contact you with […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

The newest Mac OS, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, was released last week. See John Siracusa’s review for a extremely detailed look at the new features in Lion. AstroBetter posted some thoughts on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion along with a comment thread from users about how it has affected specific astronomy packages. My thoughts […]

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Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Modern IDL listed on ITT VIS site

Modern IDL is now listed on the IDL books page on ITT VIS’ site!

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Modern IDL review

Lesa Williams, ITT VIS Programming Consultant, recently wrote a great review of Modern IDL for an internal ITT VIS newsletter. I had gotten word of the review last week, but today I received permission to post the whole review here: Mike Galloy spent nearly five years writing this 462-page book covering modern topics in IDL, […]

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Friday, July 8th, 2011

DLM implementing Kahan summation

Based on discussion on the newsgroup today about the errors in summing large arrays, I implemented the Kahan summation algorithm as a routine in a DLM. Download, unzip, and build it with the following command: IDL> mg_make_dll, ‘mg_analysis.c’, /show_all_output Don’t forget to put the directory with the DLM in your IDL_DLM_PATH. I thought it would […]

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Friday, July 8th, 2011

IDL Workbench screencast

ITT VIS posted a screencast on their YouTube channel giving a brief introduction to the IDL Workbench, appropriate for someone new to the Workbench. I think a few of these, covering some of the major features of the Workbench like debugging and templates, would be valuable for those considering moving from the command line to […]

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Thursday, July 7th, 2011

mgunit 1.2 release

mgunit 1.2 is ready for download. This is not a very exciting upgrade, but offers some nicer documentation. Here’s the new features: Added FAILURES_ONLY keyword to display only failed tests. Simplified and improved user-level API documentation. Added VERSION keyword to report mgunit version. Maybe this is just a reminder that if you are not testing […]

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